Over the past few years, with so many Beatles-related speaking engagements, I've amassed a substantial collection of Beatles neckties.
Some of my favorites are Sgt. Pepper (a gift from my dad), a collage of their album covers, and the band members' faces.
A guy stopped me at Abbey Road on the River last May to ask if he could buy that last tie from me. I declined.
I even have a Beatles tie clip to complete the ensemble. (I love eBay!)
But I also speak on several other topics, and so have plenty of non-Beatles neckwear for such occasions.
For my Star Wars presentation last Saturday, I wore a Star Wars tie. And during yesterday's Shadow Ball: A History of Negro League Baseball, I of course wore a baseball tie.
And tomorrow I time warp to a decade earlier than usual - not to the 1960s, but to the 1950s - to present The History of Rock 'n' Roll, a topic I've spoken on many times (though nowhere near as frequently as The Beatles). But for a long time, I didn't have any good rock 'n' roll ties. I'd been keeping an eye out for an Elvis one, but for some reason Presley ties seem to be way more expensive than Beatles ties.
Then, on 16 June 2016 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a woman in attendance generously gave me this one:
I've been waiting for an appropriate opportunity to debut it since June. And I get my first chance tomorrow evening:
Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St, Wellesley MA
The History of Rock 'n' Roll
This 60-minute program will trace the development of Rock 'n' Roll (as distinct from Rock of the 1960s) from its roots in the blues and country music, through its pinnacle in the mid 1950s, and its abrupt decline in the late 50s. Artists discussed will include Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley, among others.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.